I was wondering if a feature like this would prevent damage from unexpected water leaks. Now, I understand that it's better to build something that's leak-proof to begin with. But I'm paranoid that I'll get something wrong while I'm rebuilding, and if a feature like this doesn't use up much extra time/weight/cost anyways, then why not?
I plan to have a small woodstove to heat my trailer, cause I love the dry heat. So I was wondering if having systematic "holes" in the interior panelling near higher risk spots, would allow that dry heat to reach into the walls/framing/insulation to regularly and quickly dry out any potential moisture that would get in. I plan to eventually move my trailer out to the coast, so I'm wondering if that would help with excessive moisture build-up as well.
STRUCTURE is extremely important in a vintage trailer. (or any other RV on the road) Holes in the inside paneling will seriously weaken the sheer strength they provide. Go with the original design of your trailer and remember, if it ain't broke, DON'T FIX IT.
You are so right: build it leak proof and perform regular maintenance. We are here to help and will try to prevent mistakes. Most of us are VERY familiar with mistakes...
I THINK a better plan is to make sure no water gets in. Once it is inside a wall there it really not much that is going make it better or dry out. It is similar to building a boat and once water gets in a sealed are is going to rot it eventually. Just no magic cures.